No matter where you are in the world you are probably working from home and if you are anything like me probably busier than normal! But it is important to stay on top of things and one of them things should be learning. Normally it’s a privilege to get training access whilst on the job. But I think if you are now working from home you likely need something like a project or some form of education. Over the last 6 months I have been taking advantage of my Pluralsight account that I get through being part of the VMware vExpert Program. I have beenRead More →

You know those tools that you all should have close by and accessible as an administrator? The Veeam Extract Utility should be one of these tools, before this week it has always been free to download but it has always been included as part of the Veeam Backup & Replication software download. Let’s just rewind, what is the Veeam Extract Utility? It is a tool that allows you to extract your Veeam image-based backups (VBK, VIB, VRB) without requiring a full installation of Veeam Backup & Replication, even though Community Edition gives you all the recovery options. The Extract Utility is a small bit ofRead More →

Background It feels like this project has been bubbling away for around 6 months, so it is great to be able to share the progress as we are getting close to the completing the project. First of all, up till this project I have been a massive Apple fanboy for probably the last 5-8 years, I have a 13″ MacBook Pro for the road and a 27″ Apple iMac for home use. These are getting old and I have been thinking about a tech refresh for the last at least 12 months. The first look was to see what a tech refresh would be replacingRead More →

I had a plan this weekend to get my Veeam components all updated with the recent release of v10 RTM and I wanted to use Windows 2019 Server Core for some of my proxy components. Lightweight and should be easy to spin up and spin down as and when you need them. Anyway, there were two things I was finding when it came to spin up my new lab using terraform and that was Guest Customisation being a pain. The pain was that the guest customisation just didn’t work on the template that I had, my advice is troubleshoot this for all of 5 minutesRead More →

WOW! It feels like almost 3 years since we started talking about Veeam Availability Suite v10! That’s because it was, but that doesn’t mean we have not been releasing mammoth updates since then. There were 5 things announced at that infamous New Orleans convention centre in May 2017. Can you remember what they were? Centralised Agent Management Universal Storage API Cloud Tier NAS Backup Continuous Data Protection Let’s clear up this first before we move on, Centralised Agent Management arrived at the back end of 2017 along with the Universal Storage API. The release which you can see below was Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5Read More →

Edge & IoT Edge Computing is here and is going to be coming faster and harder as we move into 2020, the requirement for businesses to get processing functions to the specific location where it is needed at the edge of a company network in locations such as traditionally could be called Remote Offices but realistically this could now be a windfarm and IoT devices living on each wind turbine. This craze and adoption will have to come with some serious investment around network architecture and how this is dealt with. 5G will contribute massively here also. What is Edge computing and why it mattersRead More →